Wesley....The Great Assize
"""The persons to be judged, who can count, any more than the drops of rain, or the sands of the sea? "I beheld," saith St. John, "a great multitude which no man can number, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands." How immense then must be the total multitude of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues; of all that have sprung from the loins of Adam, since the world began, till time shall be no more! If we admit the common supposition, which seems no ways absurd, that the earth bears, at any one time, no less than four hundred millions of living souls, men, women, and children; what a congregation must all those generations make, who have succeeded each other for seven thousand years !
Great Xerxes' world in arms, proud Cannae's host,
They all are here; and here they all are lost.
Their numbers swell to be discern'd in vain;
Lost as a drop in the unbounded main.
Every man, every woman, every infant of days, that ever breathed the vital air, will then hear the voice of the Son of God, and start into life, and appear before him. And this seems to be the natural import of that expression, "the dead, small and great:" all universally, all without exception, all of every age, sex, or degree; all that ever lived and died, or underwent such a change as will be equivalent with death. For long before that day, the phantom of human greatness disappears, and sinks into nothing. Even in the moment of death, that vanishes away. Who is rich or great in the grave?""
Wesley...smoked hemp, had a fling or two with brown sugar, read latin and greek, Locke Milton and Aristotle, travelled to the colonies and was sickened by treatment of slaves, and became an abolitionist, and one might say...anti-capitalist as well. He detested the British royals and their allies (including Hume, who he considered a poltroon). At times his moralism gets a bit thick but he was no Calvinist, no Falwell or Robertson (nor quite the calvinist zealot that Whitefield was). Paraphrasing Coleridge, if ever a man was a Christian that man was John Wesley.